War is uncomfortable for Christians, and worldwide war is unfamiliar for today’s generations. Jim Downing reflects on his illustrious military career, including his experience during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, to show how we can be people of faith during troubled times.
The natural human impulse is to run from attack. Jim Downing—along with countless other soldiers and sailors at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—ran toward it, fighting to rescue his fellow navy men, to protect loved ones and civilians on the island, and to find the redemptive path forward from a devastating war. We are protected from war these days, but there was a time when war was very present in our lives, and in The Other Side of Infamy we learn from a veteran of Pearl Harbor and World War II what it means to follow Jesus into and through every danger, toil, and snare.
~ My Rating
~ My Review
Wow, what a book... Little did I know when I chose this book for review just how much it would impact me.
I first came to 'know' Jim Downing and the Navigators through an article about him in another book. Imagine my surprise when, while flipping through this book, I came across a familiar picture and exclaimed "I know that guy!" I really enjoyed his story in the aforementioned book and was eager to learn more about him.
Let me tell you, people... I was not disappointed. This is an incredible story, a tale of encouraging faith. Written as an autobiography from Mr. Downing's first-person point-of-view, this book chronicles his life through childhood years, joining the Navy, becoming a Christian, falling in love, and -- mostly -- a look at WWII through his eyes.
It was amazing to see all the wonderful ways God has worked and shown Himself powerful through Jim Downing's life through the years. From leading fellow servicemen to Christ to losing good friends to the war, he tells an amazing story that greatly encouraged me in my walk with Christ.
The Other Side of Infamy is a powerful story of one man's faith through times of war and peace, peril and heartache, happiness and joy. It's sure to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
**Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**